Towards the end of our trip, I didn’t know what else could impress my me more than all the great stuff, we had already seen. Well, it turned out that Machu Picchu truly deserves to be one of the seven wonders of the world.
We started early in the morning in Urubamba and took the train to Aguas Calientes. Our guide waited for us and we lined up for the bus up to the site. If you are staying in Aguas Calientes try to get as early as possible up to Machu Picchu. The sunrise is meant to be breathtaking.
Make sure you walk around a lot and maybe get a guide. I mean, there are several different interpretations what this city was used for, but still with a guide you make sure to see every important part of the ruin.
Our guide took us for example to the Incan bridge near the site which I recommend doing as well. After a short walk of 20 minutes through the jungel, we arrived at an old bridge the Incas had built into the stone.
I am not sure if I ever would walk over such a bridge. It again just showed the incredible building talent of the Inca. Today the bridge is closed for visitors. But you get close enough to get an idea of how scary it must have been walking accross it.
Afterwards we returned to the main sight and kept exploring.
After lunch we decided to follow the advice of our guide and walked up to the gate of the sun. It’s roughly a one and a half hours walk. On the way up, do look back and enjoy the views of the ruins.
People hiking the Inca trail arrive at the sun gate, Machu Picchu lying in front of them like this. After visiting the sight like a “normal” tourist, I am definitely planning on hiking the Inca trail as well someday. I just couldn’t and still can’t get enough of those pictures ;).
We stayed in Agua Calientes for one more night and did a lovely hike the next morning. Following the railway, we walked one and a half hours to see a lovely garden with a waterfall.
I really hope you liked my report of our trip to Peru. I am definitely planning on going sometime again because I just haven’t seen all I wanted to. The country is just so amazing and I recommend everyone to give it a try and invest in some great experiences.
Do let me know if you go 😉 and share your experiences.